Exploring the Wide-Ranging IoT Risks in Healthcare

In today’s world, the Internet of Things (IoT) is ubiquitous and holds great potential, but also brings security concerns. While IoT devices are being used across industries, the healthcare industry’s experiences with insecure devices provide valuable lessons to heed. Many devices used in healthcare — including microscopes, refrigerators storing chemicals, pharmacy-compounding equipment, infusion pumps and smart beds — are connected to the hospital’s network in a complex synthesis of information not possible a decade ago. The data shared between these devices traverse the same network, so that the treatment team can have a shared vision of events.

Aside from healthcare, IoT devices are also used to collect data, monitor systems and control the fabric that holds together the inner workings of many industries. Hospital pharmacies require the same level of controls as refineries, power generation facilities, and even lights-out warehouses — where sensors precisely assess processes and make adjustments in near real-time. Healthcare organizations have a need to protect their IoT from cyberattacks — especially because lives are on the line — but the practical solutions are hard to implement.

Read six tips for protecting your organization’s IoT from cyberattacks, regardless of the domain, on Security Magazine.

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